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The Top 3 Basic Portrait Photography Settings
The Top 3 Basic Portrait Photography Settings
Portrait photography isn’t that difficult, but there is a tried-and-true methodology that you can use to produce great portraits — as opposed to just making happy snaps.
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Tintype Celebrity Portraits at the Sundance Film Festival
Tintype Celebrity Portraits at the Sundance Film Festival
Before digital there was film and before film there was the wet plate collodion process—a truly elaborate and complicated process. There is still a rare group of people who use this method. Celebrity photographer Victoria Will is one of those rare wet plate photographers.
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How to Add Contrast to Your Portraits with a 3 Light Setup
How to Add Contrast to Your Portraits with a 3 Light Setup
Studio lights are an exciting proposition for any photographer, simply because there is so much that you can do with them. Photographer Gavin Hoey shows us exactly how to nail a studio lighting setup and then make the most of it.
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Tips for Shooting Better Stock Photography
Tips for Shooting Better Stock Photography
Fifteen years ago, stock photography was a lot less complicated. You could shoot a globe, a handshake between two guys dressed in business suits, or even a smiling portrait of a woman dressed in formals and hope to make some bucks.
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How to Take Beautiful Portraits in Small Spaces
How to Take Beautiful Portraits in Small Spaces
After your have seen this video, you will no longer complain that you don’t have a professional studio. Miguel Quiles is a portrait and wedding photographer, and to demonstrate that you don’t need more than just a few feet of space to shoot gorgeous images, he sets up a session in a small area right in his living room.
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How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits in Dark Locations
How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits in Dark Locations
The advantage of using a really deep parabolic umbrella in a shoot like this is that it’s, well, deep. That means you can really focus the light on your subject without spilling any of it on to the background. In this case the background had a lot of distracting elements, such as paint shifts, banners, and items that really did not add anything to the images.
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How to Modify a One Light Portrait Setup to Get the Look You Want
How to Modify a One Light Portrait Setup to Get the Look You Want
For this set of portraits, Grimes placed a 36″ Rapid Box softbox over the camera and used a reflector to bounce some light back up under the model’s chin. Grimes likes using a light gray background, so he puts his subject close to the background—but not too close. Keep in mind that this exact setup can work for low key portraiture.
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How to Turn a Portrait into a Sculpture in Photoshop
How to Turn a Portrait into a Sculpture in Photoshop
Want to be really creative with your portraits? Dutch Photoshop wizard, photographer, designer, and artist Dracorubio, has a unique way of blending art forms in Photoshop to create breathtaking images.
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These Self Portraits Are Weird-In a Good Way
These Self Portraits Are Weird-In a Good Way
It’s not every day that you see so much work put into creating a scene for a single shot. I went through the shots on her website, as well and realized that there are no repeated scenes. Every scene is tailor made for each image. That requires a fair amount of dedication and a great amount of creativity.
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See How the Smithsonian Created a 3D Portrait of President Obama
See How the Smithsonian Created a 3D Portrait of President Obama
The trick is that the 3D model is an exact copy of the person, not an artistic representation. This is done by a system called “Mobile Light Stage.” The setup essentially consists of LED flashes especially made for this purpose and several high resolution cameras.
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Portrait Photography: A Basic Guide to Posing
Portrait Photography: A Basic Guide to Posing
Posing is as integral to portrait photography as the right lens and the right camera angle. A lot of photographers learn this the hard way. If you’re a portrait photographer or do family and wedding photography you know how important posing can be.
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Celebrity Portrait Photographer Demystifies His Lighting Setup
Celebrity Portrait Photographer Demystifies His Lighting Setup
Have you ever looked at some of the amazing portraiture on the cover of Rolling Stone or Vanity Fair and wondered how it was done? You may not have heard of Mark Seliger, but you’ve certainly seen some of his work.
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14 Heartwarming Family Portraits
14 Heartwarming Family Portraits
Family portraits are warm and tell tons of different stories. They remind us of the most beautiful moments spent in the company of our loved ones and bring us back through time. The best family photos capture sincere emotion and illustrate our relationships.
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Photography Lighting Techniques: Not What You Think
Photography Lighting Techniques: Not What You Think
We see a stunning portrait—maybe hanging on a wall somewhere—and we think, “Wow! My work doesn’t look like THAT!” Then we run out and spend thousands of dollars buying the latest equipment, books on photography lighting techniques, and so on.
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A Magazine Photographers Secrets to Successful Portraiture
A Magazine Photographers Secrets to Successful Portraiture
Photographer Jeffrey Salter loves two things: his motorcycle and photography. Why? Because both activities cause him to experience wind-in-his-hair freedom. Photography, in particular, gives Salter the opportunity to relate to many different types of people and to creatively express his soul and the souls of his subjects in new and compelling ways—but for a vast majority of professional photographers, the craft is anything but seamless.
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